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Akole Taluka Education Societys Arts, Commerce and Dadasaheb Rupwate Science College, Akole, Maharashtra
Akole Taluka Education Societys Arts, Commerce and Dadasaheb Rupwate Science College, Akole, Maharashtra
Akole (District Ahmednagar)
Maharashtra, IndiaPin Code : 422601
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NAAC report of Akole Taluka Education Societys Arts,Commerce and Dadasaheb Rupwate Science CollegeSection I: INTRODUCTION
Akola Taluka Education Society's Arts, Commerce and Dadasaheb Rupwate Science College, Akole, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra State is a private, rural/tribal based co-educational aided Institution which was established in the year 1974. It is permanently affiliated to the University of Pune and is recognized under Section 2f and 12B of the UGC Act. The college was sponsored by Akole Taluka Education Society, which was founded by the Late Dadasaheb Rupwate in the year 1972.
The Late Shri Dadasaheb Rupwate was a visionary who along with a few other public-spirited individuals founded this Society to impart education to the downtrodden Adivasi population of the area. The founding father of this institution firmly believed that appropriate and quality education relevant to the needs of the rural masses was the only alternative under the circumstances. The society has selected its moto as lkgls Jh% izfrolfr which roughly corresponds to the English proverb 'Fortune favours the brave'. The extant Society manages 14 educational institutions ranging from pre-primary and primary level to under-graduate level colleges and a Technical Institution in various parts of Ahmednagar District. The science college is named in honour of Late Shri Dadasaheb Rupwate as a mark of Society's respect for the Founder.
The college is located on a well-planned and well laid-out campus of 18.5 acres exclusively meant for its use. The buildings and other infrastructure facilities of the college are well developed and permanent structures have been raised to meet the requirements of the college. Some extensions to existing buildings have also been constructed. The authorities of the college have thoughtfully constructed a compound wall around the college to prevent encroachment. The college offers UG programmes in Arts, Commerce and Science faculties. The faculty of Science has within its ambit the departments of Chemistry, Physics Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Geography; while the Commerce faculty has the departments of Commerce and Business administration, Business Economics and Accountancy; The Arts Faculty is made up of the departments of English, Hindi, Marathi, Political Science, Economics, History, Philosophy and Logic. The total student's strength at undergraduate levels is 1216 (407 girls and 809 boys).
There are 26 permanent teachers (2 Ladies and 24 Gents) all under grant-in-aid category and receiving UGC scale of pay. Thirteen teachers (all males) are working at present on temporary basis and one on clock hour basis. Amongst the permanent teachers, five have acquired Ph.D., four M.Phil and 18 are PG degree holders. The number of administrative staff is 21 (1 female and rest males) including seven class IV staff as well as 14 Technical staff (all males), five class III and nine class IV employees.
The college submitted its self-study report and volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The NAAC constituted Team consisting of Dr. V. T. Patil, Former Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry as Chairperson, Professor Dr. Niloufer J. Chinoy, former Head, Department of Zoology and Director, School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad as Member-Convenor and Prof. Arvind Mohan, Director, Planning and Development Board, Lucknow University as Member. The Peer Team visited the Institution for two days on 9th and 10th February, 2004.
The Peer Team perused and analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the Institution. During the institutional visit the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the different facilities and interacted with various components of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Peer Team also interacted with the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, students, parents and Alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team presents below the assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern.
Section II: Criterion- I: Curricular Aspects
Three degree programmes at UG level (BA, B.Com., and B.Sc.) in various subjects of Arts, Commerce and Science are available for students, which are career- oriented. Within each course there are a number of elective internal options available to the students, which they can select from Ist year onwards. In the Arts faculty they can opt for languages and subjects in social sciences and moral science. Within the science faculty mainly two options, viz, Physics and Chemistry at the Special levels are available. Commerce faculty also offers options for special studies in Banking, Business Economics, Accounts, Costing, Enterpreneurship and Computers. Most of these need-based courses are meant to improve the social, economic and educational status of the people at the grass root level. The curricula designed by the different Boards of Studies are followed with flexibility in teaching methodology. Some remedial courses are offered for the benefit of the students.
With specific reference to the available curricular dispensation it is indeed a moot point whether the available teaching and learning methods support the goals and objectives of the institutions. Needless to say that it would be appropriate for the institutions to get feed back from academic peers and other academic bodies with a view to review and redesign programmes.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning And Evaluation
The college attempts to provide quality education for the personality development of the students. The students are admitted on the basis of merit and academic records. Regular tutorials, tests, practical tests and terminal examinations are conducted to assess the overall performance of the students. Teaching and other audio-visual aids are used in classroom teaching. Seminars, group discussions and brain storming sessions etc. are also employed for effective teaching and learning. Study tours, industrial visits are organized. Remedial courses are organized for weak students. The college has a monitoring system through which the principal gets periodic reports regarding the conduct of classes by teachers. Staff appointments are made as per UGC norms and the Maharashtra University Act, 1994. The management appoints teaching staff on temporary and ad hoc basis whenever necessary. Teachers participate in seminars, workshops, conferences etc and the college conducts seminars for faculty development. The staff practices self-appraisal and feedback from students is taken for the purpose of further improvement. Four teachers have received teaching awards. The Earn and Learn scheme has been of immense help to nearly 40 needy students. Some job and skill -oriented courses are made available to the students. Most of the tribal students are able to procure government jobs after completion of their courses and some others work in various government and non-governmental establishments. The college is attempting to seek the co-operation of the sugar factory and the dairies nearby under the college-industry linkage programme. The college neighborhood networking has been established through various activities of N.S.S., Area development programmes, Adopted village scheme and Extra Mural Board. The college received Best N.S.S. unit award of Pune University. Some NCC Cadets have received gold medal from their corps, some have participated in Republic Day Parade and one of the N.C.C. cadet did the college proud by participating in the Kargil war. The Staff Academy, Literary and Science Associations, guest lectures and many such activities help the staff and students.
It does not require any detailed justification to argue that the admission process in the college must be transparent. The implication of such a process is that no discrimination is made on the basis of caste, creed, religion or sex in admission. It is in this context that the Peer Team would like to mention that the College provides Scholarship to 40 tribal girl students. It must also be mentioned that there ought to be innate flexibility in teaching-learning process to make the academic programmes effective and successful. The college is attempting to monitor student's progress on a periodic/continuous basis through two internal tests in each term. It is heartening to note that the college has a fairly open and participative mechanism to evaluate the teaching efficiency of the teacher and the progress of the students.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy And Extension
The college has provided consultancy services to high School Teachers through provision of Inservice-Training programmes, workshops etc especially in subjects like English and science. The college has made commendable contribution in the area of extension activities. The college was the first N.G.O. in Maharashtra, through its NSS wing, to take up the Watershed Development project in the adopted village of Dhamangaon Awari. The project covered 1739 hectares of area. Under the project, forestation of the area was undertaken by planting four lakh trees, 15 Nalabandhs, 5 Check dams etc, which has resulted in increase in the water table as also increasing income and employment opportunities. Social work activities involving Mahila Mandals at the village are also carried out as Community development, Social work, health, hygiene and environmental awareness, AIDS awareness programme, Adult education and literacy, blood donation camps, student's cooperative store, continuing education programme, World Bank Project Training programmes in rural water supply, Environmental sanitation etc. are all good training ground for future citizens.
The enhancement of consultancy work, upgradation of some science departments, carrying out research projects and promoting research awareness are needed in future. It is the considered opinion of the Peer Team that the college must promote research culture among the students and the faculty. This also involves motivating the faculty to do not only research but to publish their findings in professional journals. To create such awareness the college must energize the faculty /academic forum available in the college. It is a good augury that the college has been able to cater to the needs of the rural community through its village adoption programme as an extension and awareness programme. The Peer Team felt that the authorities of the college must make earnest efforts to increase the teaching staff to engage them in intensive and extensive consultancy work, which can provide much needed funds for the college.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure And Learning Resources
The college has developed good infrastructure facilities over the past 30 years. An Arts Faculty building, a Science Faculty building with extension and good laboratories, library building, auditorium, theatre, gymnasium, boys hostel and a hostel building to accommodate girl students from next year exist. Sufficient number of classrooms are available for teaching. The college campus is kept clean, beautiful and pollution free. The college has a spacious sports ground, running tracks, parking place, canteen, student's cooperative stores, staff credit society and printing press which meets all stationary printing and other requirements etc. Medical help for students is provided by the Medical officer nominated by the college. Although the library is comparatively well-stocked, has two computers, its various activities need computerization. The library has 37,557 books and 52 journals and periodicals. It need further computerization inputs. A book bank facility is available and inter-library borrowing is encouraged. Although some departments have 1-2 computers, a central computer facility has been established recently. The computers in the central facility have LAN facility with 64 kbps dedicated Internet connectivity. Good sports and physical education facilities are available in the college. There is a four hundred meter running track, two Kho-Kho, volleyball, Handball, basketball and Kabbadi grounds, and one for cricket. Two gymnasium with multi-gym of 16 stations one each for girls and boys is available. The students of the college have participated at the University and State level competitions and won prizes. The outstanding sports persons are given incentives as free accomodation, free kits, special coaching, guidance and counseling, concession in fees and special diet from Amrutsagar Co-operative Dairy.
The Peer Team was highly impressed by the sprawling, well maintained, clean and pollution free campus. The college has an estate manager. It is true that the college has adequate library and computer facility with easy access to teachers and students. However, it is the considered opinion of the Peer Team that the college must purchase some more computer systems to create greater computer awareness among the students and teachers. Further, it is also a fact that the college has adequate physical facility to meet the existing requirements, but in view of the future plans to start a number of academic programme it will be appropriate to use the existing infrastructure facilities intensively and extensively for the benefit of all. For instance, the library should complete its computerization process by switching over to the bar code technology. The above observations are made by the Peer Team on the assumption that the growth of infrastructure must be in tune with the academic growth of the institution.
Criterion V: Student Support And Progression
The academic results are very good and the drop-out rate is 4 to 5%, which is on the lower side. About 60 to 70% obtain employment or opt for further studies. Some prominent positions held by Alumni are Principal, Municipal Commissioner, lecturers, Director Sugar Mill, DCP, DSP, PSI, Advocates, doctors, Lady Sabhapati and Sarpanch, social workers, correspondents, chemists, managerial positions etc. The college prospectus is updated annually and provides information in various areas. The college also provides financial aid to students from central and state Governments as well as by the college itself. There is Poor Boy's Fund, Earn and Learn Scheme Fund, Scholarships and other facilities to Handicapped students etc. Some external agencies like Shirdi Sansthan and various charitable institutions provide funds for some needy students. The college provides remedial courses to weaker sections of students.
Placement Cell offers guidance, career counselling and organizes special coaching for students to appear in various competitive examinations and motivates them for self-employment. The teachers also participate in academic and personal counselling. An Alumni Association exists which help actively in extra curricular activities and some of the Alumni are office Bearers of the institution and help in its further development. Various sports and recreational services/facilities, like indoor and outdoor games, Nature and debate clubs, essay writing, students magazines, cultural programmes, Audio visual facilities, a multi-gymnasium, dance and music competitions, mountaineering and hiking expeditions provide ample opportunities to the students to unfold their potential in various spheres. Different celebrations, invited lectures, exhibitions are also arranged in the college. On the whole, the students and teachers work together for the development of the college. However, the college ought to explore further avenues of growth, development and in molding the student's personality to fit into a global scenario with manifold challenges. The upgradation of facilities periodically are also the need of the hour to keep abreast in the highly competitive global market.
The Peer Team was happy to note that the college is providing well-run support service to ensure the physical and intellectual growth of the students and the faculty. It is interesting to note that the college has adopted an effective mechanism of evaluation of teachers by students for quality enhancement. Through a policy of upgrading the prospectus on annual basis clear guidance is given to the students about the admission and completion of their course requirements. All in all, students support and progression receive good attention by a well-constituted committee system of the Principal and teachers.
Criterion VI: Organization And Management
The college seems to have an efficient organization and management. The Governing Body and Local Managing Committee function as coordinating agencies. They meet periodically to evaluate the performance and plan for the future. The internal organization, coordination and monitoring are done by the principal who coordinates the staff committees and all the teaching-staff. The principal and office superintendent check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The timetable committee, examination committee and Student's Council decide the academic calendar, which is followed annually.
UGC funds, Government grants, funds raised locally and donations are some of the sources of funding. A tentative budget is prepared each year taking into consideration the requirements of various departments in the college. Internal and external auditing verifies the accounts for proper utilization. As the funds available for individual departments are inadequate, the college ought to explore avenues for fund generation through consultancy and other well reorganization means. Many welfare schemes exist eg. Student's Consumer Cooperative store run on a 'No Profit No Loss' basis, staff welfare schemes for medical assistance, student welfare schemes provide fee concessions to needy and handicapped students. Student's Insurance programme insures all students at the time of admission. The Poor Students are helped through, the 'Earn and Learn scheme', so that they could pursue their studies without any problem. Various loans, eg, educational, marriage loan from PF, Housing, vehicle loans and loan for obtaining household appliances are obtained from various sources. There is a Staff Cooperative Credit Society and a Grievance Redressal Cell.
Effective organization and management depend upon the principles of effective participation and transparency. The principal as the academic and administrative head of the college has the onerous responsibility to measure up to the requirement of appropriate administrative academic management. The Peer Team during the course of its visit was informed by the principal as well as the management that the grievance redressal system was working satisfactorily. The Peer Team also carefully examined the annual budget and is of the opinion that the funds have been used judiciously for the all round development of the college. Further, it must also be pointed out that the college was able to raise additional resources through imaginative perspective planning and linking up with the large number of the rural population in the neighbouring areas who have a vital stake in the success of the college.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college follows a number of healthy practices, which has enhanced its image as an institution of higher learning.
The college ensures regular internal check by monitoring progress in academic matters. Teachers undergo self evaluation /self appraisal which is linked to the their promotion. This is also complimented by the practice of evaluating teachers by students with the help of a questionnairre.
The college through its constructive policies and programmes ensures the overall development of personalities of the students.
The basic objective of the college is to inculcate a sense of humanism and a sense of civic responsibility amongst the students.
The adoption of Dhamangaon Awari village under the watershed development programme is a unique and distinctive achievement of the students and the faculty in the area of community service.
The earn and learn scheme has proved to be a boon to poor but talented students in the sense that they are provided with much needed financial assistance.
The students consumer store run on cooperative lines is a success and provides useful facility to the students in a remote rural area.
The outstanding performance of the students in sports is exemplified by the fact that more than seventy students have participated in the inter university tournaments since 1991.
The N.C.C. unit of the college has functioned successfully ensuring placement for 30 students in the defense services during the last 10 years.
The Botany department has development the polyhouse using government funding worth over 6 lakhs for cultivating medicinal plants.
Vermicultrure demonstration unit has been setup by the college. This facility while providing exposure to the students also helps the neighboring farmers in adopting latest bio-friendly agricultural practices.
The college runs a yoga centre for students.
Section 3: Overall Analysis And Recommendations
The Peer Team makes the following recommendation for the serious consideration of the college authorities keeping in view the need for rapid development of the college.
The College should start a women's wing of N.C.C. as early as possible.
The college should start short term and long term vocational / job-oriented programmes leading to diploma and certificates. Some of the programmes could be soil and water testing, diploma in sugar technology, one year diploma in yoga, diploma in adult and continuing education.
College should construct a ladies hostel.
The department of Botany and Zoology may be upgraded to special subject level.
The college should encourage ladies to join the faculty.
Research and consultancy should be enhanced with appropriate funding.
The Library computerization should be completed by using the bar code technology.
A language laboratory should be set up as a facility for all the language departments.
The college should encourage the teachers to take up major and minor projects in tribal studies, keeping in view that the college is located in tribal area.
The Peer Team is of the opinion that the college operating within a variety of constraints has made a serious and concerted effort to promote higher education in a tribal area and disseminate its noble objectives. The Peer Team was impressed by the sense of social commitment of the teachers and the management as reflected by its diverse academic and constructive programmes. The fact that India has moved into the third millennium, a millennium of challenges and opportunities, emphasizing excellence, equity and social justice, access and relevance of higher education, gives greater edge to the colleges located in rural areas. It is in this larger context that the NAAC Peer Team took a close look into the multi-faceted dimension of this college, which has a potential to emerge as a major center of learning in the years to come. The Peer Team appreciates the hospitality, cooperation and support extended to it by the college and wishes the management, staff and students success in their endeavour towards the fulfillment of the noble objective of higher education. The Peer Team also places on record the meticulous planning and systematic organization by NAAC.
Former Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University
Director (Ex), University School of Sciences, University of Gujarat
Dr. ARVIND MOHAN
Director, Planning and Development Board, Lucknow University
SHRI RAMESHCHANDRA KHANDGE
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